Poteau outlasts Checotah Wildcats to get campaign off on right foot

As the teams entered their locker room at halftime, the Poteau Pirates appeared to be sitting in the catbird's seat, but after a verbal lashing by their coach at half time, the Checotah Wildcats came out in the second half and dominated the third quarter to actually gain the lead.Poteau had to stage two fourth-quarter scoring drives to seal the 38-35 victory in the season opener Friday night at Costner Stadium.